By Peter Marks

Bryce Harper homered and Ranger Suárez became MLB’s first 10-game winner as the Phillies beat the New York Mets 7-2 in the opener of Major League Baseball’s third London Series.

After Harper sparked the four-run sixth, Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer for the major league-best Phillies (45-19), who have won four in a row and seven of eight. Harper was a triple shy of the cycle.

Nick Castellanos added an eighth-inning homer and watched from the batter’s box until he know it was inside the left-field foul pole at London Stadium, home of the Premier League club West Ham.

Suarez (10-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who played their first game outside North America. Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson got his 200th regular-season win (200-137).

After Starling Marte’s RBI double in the first, Harper pulled a sweeper from Sean Manaea (3-3) over the Mets bullpen in right. The two-time NL MVP then did a soccer slide in front of the Phillies dugout and moments later yelled “I love soccer!” while high-fiving teammates.

Harper has a team-high 15 homers and the Phillies are 22-0 when Harper has an RBI.

Edmundo Sosa’s two-out single put the Phillies ahead 2-1 and Merrifield hit his third homer of the season, a drive into the Phillies bullpen. Kyle Schwarber chased Manaea with an RBI single.

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